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5 Things You Should Know About Families Dealing With Disability

Jamie Davis Smith | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jamie Davis Smith

My daughter's genetic disorder resulted in a variety of disabilities, both cognitive and physical, that impact nearly every aspect of our lives. Usually we go along with our routine, but sometimes I am struck by how little others know about disability and what life is like for us.

Eye-opening Insights Into International Adoption, Orphans, Special Needs and "Re-homing"

Adam Pertman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Adam Pertman

More children are remaining in orphanages for longer periods of time, thereby incurring the increased developmental and psychic harm that comes from being institutionalized, while also diminishing their prospects for ever moving into a permanent family.

The Lesson I Learned From the Gift of a Pumpkin: How to Find Family Fun on Halloween

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

Like any celebration, Halloween is really about what's FUN for your family, and not the endless hype for the one night of dressing up in costumes and store-bought decorations. This is the lesson I learned long ago -- when I saw the light in my little girl's eyes, and the smile on her face, while her arms held tight her real Halloween pumpkin in her hospital bed.

Why I Refuse to Care About the Redskins Name Controversy

Andi Sligh | Posted 12.28.2013 | Parents
Andi Sligh

There's something very wrong with a society that obsesses over the nickname of a professional football franchise but sees nothing wrong with the everyday use of the word "retard."

Twice-Exceptional: Is It a Gift?

Kelly Hirt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kelly Hirt

As my son grew, he continued to surpass expected milestones. He had an amazing memory and asked inquisitive questions that were unexpected as a toddler. When my son turned four, a quirky toddler had morphed into a demanding dictator.

'Special:' A Poem Written By a Mom For Her Special Needs Son

Marla Murasko | Posted 12.15.2013 | Parents
Marla Murasko

When you start thinking about becoming a Mom the first things that pop into your mind is whether you will have a boy or a girl, what will the name be and what they will be when they grow up. You don't stop to think will he/she have special needs! Down Syndrome!

If You Only Knew Me

Kyra Phillips | Posted 11.26.2013 | Parents
Kyra Phillips

Meeting "Jimmy" more than 20 years ago changed my life. Not only did I become a spokesperson for Special Olympics, I became an advocate for every human being with Down Syndrome.

Self-Advocacy for Individuals with Special Needs

Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
Jaime Openden, M.S., CCC-SLP

There is a whole giant world outside of school, a world without the cushion of educators and therapists. In this world -- the "real world" -- the grocery store clerk is impatient, the librarian is too busy, the MTA employee isn't aware and the boss simply doesn't care.

I Don't Really Know My Son

Jamie Krug | Posted 10.28.2013 | Parents
Jamie Krug

I hold onto these moments now. Because I know him in these moments. I know what his heartbeat feels like against mine, and his face buried in my neck, and the smell of his hair. But I don't know him very well at all beyond these sweet moments we share.

What I Don't Wish For My Son With Special Needs

Ellen Seidman | Posted 10.02.2013 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

I will do whatever I can within my powers to pave the road Max walks on and make his path in life easier. But I love this kid, the one I got.

Chartering Her Own Path: My Mother's Final Hours

Rabbi Yaacov Behrman | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Yaacov Behrman

I spent my first Shabbas in Sloan Kettering Hospital on March 2nd. Just a week earlier, my parents had hosted a large Purim celebration for family and friends. We were unaware of the devastation about to begin.

Kiva Zip Borrower Spotlight: Paper Clouds Apparel

Kiva Zip | Posted 09.05.2013 | Impact
Kiva Zip

What if your next T-shirt could provide joy and financial support to an individual with special needs? What if that same T-shirt could inspire confidence and a sense of accomplishment for an adult worker with special needs?

What Is Special?

Meryl Hartstein | Posted 08.19.2013 | Parents
Meryl Hartstein

Did our world crumble? No. Did we lose faith? No. We pulled up our sleeves and did whatever we needed to do without looking at this as a negative. This child is a ray of light. A divine gift. An ever changing surprise.

Why More Parents Should Consider A Mindfulness Practice

Eden Kozlowski | Posted 08.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Eden Kozlowski

When my daughter is having a frustrated moment, it allows me the bandwidth to step out of my own frustration, to calm it, and to be with her in a connected, balanced way. Basically, it helps me to not get caught up in the drama and to focus on that strong part within myself.

Message for All Parents: Love Your Kids

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

Tragedies that take kids too soon are always unexpected. As busy moms, we just forget that we are all fragile. We sometimes forget that the messy room, the lapse in homework, the bad grade, aren't the important things about mothering.

The Big Parenting Mistake We All Make

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 07.19.2013 | TED Weekends
Suzanne Perryman

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgAdults are really good at understanding the thoughts of others. Children -- not so much. Rebecca Saxe tells us the part of the brain responsible for thinking about others' minds reaches maximum growth during adulthood.

Autism and Empathy

Liane Kupferberg Carter | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Liane Kupferberg Carter

So why does this myth that autistic people lack empathy persist? The reasons are complicated -- a convergence of media, popular culture, and ignorance.

Why I Want to Be My Autistic Daughter

Denise Henry | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents
Denise Henry

My daughter, Nina, was diagnosed with PDD-NOS in 2011. While her vocabulary is quite large, her ability to answer questions about her behavior is limited.

A Mother's Day Letter For A Special Needs Mom

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 07.09.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

This letter is for the Special Needs Mom, whose child is unable to write or say the words this Mom may long to hear.

7 Tips for Flying With an Autistic Child

MiniTime | Posted 07.09.2013 | Travel

Experts say that preparation and practice is the key to a successful flight. Here are seven tips for making your child feel as comfortable as possible.

Every Day Is Mother's Day

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 07.09.2013 | Parents
Laura Rossi Totten

The only way I can explain it is to tell you that I feel like you do on Christmas morning -- every single day! I can't wait to tear off the wrapping paper, untangle the glittery ribbons and open your unexpected gifts.

6 Secrets Special Needs Moms Know But Won't Tell You

Suzanne Perryman | Posted 07.02.2015 | Parents
Suzanne Perryman

I am a special needs mom. And I have secrets. Things I don't talk about and other moms don't know -- or maybe they just forgot about along the way. Here are six of them.

Did the TSA Harrass Us Because of Our Special Needs Son?

Marla Murasko | Posted 06.15.2013 | Parents
Marla Murasko

My husband and I have traveled many places with our son, who is 7 years old and diagnosed with Down syndrome. We have traveled through many airports and have always followed the TSA policies. However, on this one particular day, we encountered rude and unpleasant harassment.

13 Things Not To Say To The Parent Of A Child With Down Syndrome

The Stir | Posted 06.09.2013 | Parents
The Stir

The Stir asked the parents of some children with Down syndrome to share some of the ridiculous comments they hear most often about their beautiful babies.

The Most Important Thing I Realized After My Son's Diagnosis

Megan Pillow | Posted 06.07.2013 | Parents
Megan Pillow

When the nurses took Atticus to the nursery a few hours after his birth because his temperature was low, it didn't occur to me to be afraid. Even when a nurse entered the room with a doctor who introduced herself as a neonatologist, it didn't trigger an alarm.